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Selecting a chamber

Advantages to users

  • Growth chambers located in a secured building
  • Users have access, via security cards, 24 hours a day
  • Well-trained staff continuously monitors/maintains chamber performance.
  • Procedure space and lab carts available
  • Growth chamber room equipped with a deep sink and hot/cold domestic water, telephone, housekeeping tools and supplies
  • Support laboratory equipped with bench space, sink, reverse osmosis (RO) water source, shelf storage, stereoscope, mobile carts, telephone and eyewash station

Services provided by managerial staff

  • Responsible, timely allocation of facilities for users
  • Skilled establishment of specific environmental conditions in chambers
  • Responsible for chamber monitoring, quality assurance, repairs, maintenance, and cleaning between users
  • Accurate documentation of chamber function and use
  • Oversight of supplies, equipment and general physical condition of facilities
  • Accurate occupancy records kept and established billing procedures followed for growth chamber use
  • Prompt communication with clients of developments which could impact ongoing projects
  • Timely response to clients’ needs and changing situations
  • Prompt response to alarm situations during off-hours via automatic pager alert

VBI Growth Chamber Specifications

Chamber dimensions and capacities

Chamber Type No. of Units Available Total Interior Area (sq. meters) No. of Shelves Per Unit Maximum Growing Height (cm)
EGC M-12
(general use)
15 1.12 1
adjustable
122
EGC GCTC-19
(plant tissue culture)
2 1.75 4 -
EGC GCW-30
(general use)
1 2.88 2 63.5
EGC NQ-1
(incubator/germinator)
1 2.78 5
adjustable, removable
variable
EGC SG-1
(seed germinator)
1 2.23 6 -
Percival AR-36L
(Arabidopsis)
2 2.76 2 52.7

User options

Chamber Type No. of Units Available User Chooses Temp. & Photo-period Variable Output Lighting Fixed Light Intensity with Limited Flexibility* User Chooses Relative Humidity
EGC M-12
(general use)
15 Yes Yes No Yes
EGC GCTC-19
(plant tissue culture)
2 Yes No Yes No
EGC GCW-30
(general use)
1 Yes No Yes Yes
EGC NQ-1
(incubator/germinator)
1 Yes No Yes Yes
EGC SG-1
(seed germinator)
1 Yes No Yes Yes
Percival AR36L
(Arabadopsis)
2 Yes No Yes Yes

*Light intensity can be customized to some degree.

Chambers environmental capabilities

Chamber Type Temperature Range (º C) Relative Humidity Range (%) CO2 Range* (ppm) Light Intensity (PPFD)**
EGC M-12
(general use)
4-40 40—90
(27º dew point limit)
Ambient (400)-- 2000 50-1000
EGC GCTC-19
(plant tissue culture)
2-40 n/a n/a 0-150
(light banks programmable for 3 levels)
EGC GCW-30
(general use)
4-45 (lights off);
10-45 (lights on)
75 (lights on), 95 (lights off) with 29º C dew point limit; dehumidification limited to 10º C dew point limit n/a 50-700
EGC NQ-1
(incubator)
4-45 (lights off);
10-45 (lights on)
75 (lights on), 95 (lights off) with 29º C dew point limit; dehumidification to 33% with 7º C dew point limit n/a 0-150
EGC SG-1
(seed germinator)
4-40 Ambient - 95 n/a 0-20 (rear lamps & front lamps can be operated separately)
Percival AR-36L
(Arabidopsis)
2-44 (lights off);
10-44 (lights on)
Ambient - 85 (lights on) at 20-40º C;
Ambient - 90 (lights off) at 15-40º C
n/a 0-250

*If a CO2 enhanced/controlled atmosphere is required, please contact managerial staff
**Photosynthetic photon flux density: µmol s-1 m-2

¹Data obtained from product information, Operations Manuals compiled by Environmental Growth Chambers and Percival Scientific, and on-site data collection.